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Cocaine fight leads to arrest

July 14, 2018

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Florida International University program manager on Thursday for battery and drug possession following an argument with her husband over...more

County to vote on hospital tax

July 14, 2018

The Monroe County Commission will vote Wednesday on creating a new property tax for the Middle Keys, with proceeds going to offset costs at Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon. The...more

Firefighters, city move toward contract

July 14, 2018

Talks are progressing on a new contract between the City of Key West and the local firefighters union but no deal has been reached, with the current agreement set to expire Oct 1. Although the...more

MCSO buys new EMS helicopter

July 14, 2018

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed its purchase of a new helicopter for its Trauma Star service on Friday.  The new helicopter, meant to replace the previous helicopter that...more

Marathon man arrested for burglary, theft of A/C unit

July 16, 2018

A Marathon man was arrested Saturday for stealing an air conditioning unit. Travis James Cooper, 27, was charged with burglary, larceny and dealing in stolen property. The theft was reported to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on June 21. The owner said he was missing an A/C unit from his home on 22nd Street. The...more

July 16, 2018

“How does anybody know that another person is in this country illegally? Can you just look at them and tell? Because it’s difficult for the authorities to find out so the average person has no way of knowing, other than their inherent prejudice. I guess when you see someone that looks like they’re from Mexico...more

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

City to preserve local history

July 11, 2018

MARATHON — The city has lacked a method for nominating or designating a structure as locally significant or historic — until now. A proposed ordinance amendment set to be...more

Coral experts convene to battle mystery disease

July 11, 2018

KEY LARGO — More than 40 coral reef specialists are expected in Key Largo this week, but not for the diving. The multi-agency group aims to spend three days sharing information about the...more

Dead woman’s neck was cut

July 11, 2018

KEY LARGO — The death of Mary Bonneville, a 70-year-old woman whose body was found inside her burning home nearly nine months ago, remains a mystery.  Investigators initially described...more

Fish kills reported along most of Keys

July 11, 2018

FLORIDA KEYS — Dead fish began surfacing in Florida Keys waters on June 12, launching a streak of 28 fish kills reported to the state through July 2. Sites of the local incidents reported...more

Editorials

Appreciates paper’s local coverage

July 7, 2018

I just wanted to send this note in support of your position on maintaining local information sources based upon first-hand observation and interaction with fellow citizens on this island. I first...more

Cheers and Jeers: July 7

July 7, 2018

Cheers: to Monroe County Schools for earning an “A” grade this year, despite facing numerous challenges following Hurricane Irma. The teachers, staff, students and administration...more

City of Key West not like it used to be

July 7, 2018

We have been coming to Key West at least once a year for 26 years and have a treasure trove of memories and stories.  I read in a recent edition of The Citizen that the City Commission vote...more

Thank you Key West, for the hospitality

July 7, 2018

My husband and I recently had a fabulous time in Key West. We did everything tourists are suppose to do. We ate, had tours, bought souvenirs and rode the informative trolley. We were having a...more

Sports

Camp provides tools necessary for growth

July 14, 2018

The second annual Whatever It Takes to Succeed youth basketball camp will return to the Lower Keys on Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 19, at the Key West High School Bobby Menendez...more

Stewart, Woods each have double/double in week two

July 12, 2018

After two weeks of action at the Sugarloaf Gym and on the Bill Butler Floor of the Bobby Menendez Gym, Tune Squad and AAU teams are tied for first in the Adult Summer Basketball League standings....more

Chris Hall triples, doubles in four-hit night

July 11, 2018

Although they did not play last week in the Key West Men’s Softball League, Murray Marine stayed anchored in first place with 10 wins and two losses. One game behind is 5 Brothers, with a...more

UWF coach helping next generation of college players

July 11, 2018

Key West has always been about family for University of West Florida women’s soccer coach Joe Bartlinski. He first made the trip to the Conch Republic as a 10-year-old during a visit with...more